1998-04-18 Naseem Hamed w rsc 7 Wilfredo Vazquez, Nynex Arena, Manchester, England - WBO

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1998-04-18 Naseem Hamed w rsc 7 Wilfredo Vazquez, Nynex Arena, Manchester, England - WBO. Referee: Genaro Rodriguez. Showing much more caution in the wake of recent performances, Hamed (125¾) gave few opportunities to his challenger despite being caught to the body on occasion and taking a hefty right in the second. That was really it as far as Vazquez (126) was concerned, being put down in the third and sixth rounds - the first time from a cracking left to the jaw and the second time being more of a slip - before he was taken apart in the seventh. Dumped by a solid left counter early on in the session, Vazquez got up only to be assaulted by heavy shots from all angles. Although he somehow kept his feet, even when a couple of right uppercuts crashed home, he was finally toppled by a booming left for an ‘eight’ count. With Vazquez now completely at the mercy of Hamed, a couple of punches later, at 2.29, the referee brought matters to a halt.